'2 BLACKS' description on Cape Town restaurant bill shocks

2016-12-19 18:11
A bill from a Cape Town restaurant describing customers as "2 blacks" infuriated social media users. The restaurant said the description was shorthand. Picture: Twitter

A bill from a Cape Town restaurant describing customers as "2 blacks" infuriated social media users. The restaurant said the description was shorthand. Picture: Twitter

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Cape Town - The description of customers at a Cape Town restaurant as "2 BLACKS" on a bill was actually just the waiter's style of shorthand, The Bungalow in Clifton said on Monday. 

A photograph of the bill has gone viral on Twitter having been retweeted more than a thousand times.

"It is a shorthand he used; he uses a system to identify people according to the way they look," said a representative of the restaurant who declined to be named.

However, the waiter's method of description was his own and not restaurant policy, which uses table numbers. 

The waiter himself was also black, said the representative.

"He is a very nice guy...He realises he made a very bad mistake."  

'Cape Town never loved any of us'

The incident occurred on Sunday and the waiter had immediately apologised to the customers when they noticed the description, said the Bungalow's representative.

At the time the customers indicated that they accepted his apology.

On Monday one of the customers, Sivuyile Madikana, tweeted a photograph of the restaurant bill accompanied by the following caption: "Wow. Just wow. Cape Town never loved any of us.  And I actually used to like this place – The Bungalow in Clifton."

In an official media statement, the Bungalow said "no offence was intended" by the incident and that the venue had a "clear policy of non-discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation".

"Procedures are being put in place to ensure that this does not happen again."

The restaurant "unreservedly apologise[s]" to the customers.

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